Joy Resides Here: An Interactive Justice Journey of Oral History/Telling and Diasporic African Drum and Dance Traditions


Uncover how Diasporic African Polyrhythms from Africa, Brazil and America create mechanisms for place-making. Experience a Porch Choreo-Story from a Historically Black Neighborhood while learning about the Great Migration. Oral History/telling practices allow us to document our own stories, and speak for ourselves. Using dance as text, students will dance a friendship quality in the Bantabah (community dance circle) and consider how we navigate our friendship qualities towards justice.

Program options:

In-person • On-Demand (Pre-recorded)

Please fill out this inquiry form or call 866-500-9265 for more information. (Virtual programs are not charged a travel fee.)

Price & Info


Assembly Price: $2070

Assembly Two-in-a-Row Price: $2520

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 250

Program Length: Varies

Appropriate For Grade(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th



American History Month

Arts Appreciation Month

Black History Month

National Arts in Education Week

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

World Cultures

World Languages


Technical Requirements

They arrive 90 minutes in advance to set up and warm up. 5 armless chairs, table for Capoeira instruments, 3 microphones on stands with sound, 5 bottles of water, place for costume changes before and after the program, and clean performance area as they dance barefoot. Only if the projection screen is behind the performers, please confirm: small table for laptop, power/extension cord, protector and screen, connections for MacBook Pro laptop. Cart to transport equipment.